Clayton Valley Varsity Men’s Swimming Takes Down College Park Falcons 98-71
Hosting the first swim meet at their temporary home for 2018, the Mt. Diablo Swim Complex, Clayton Valley defeated College Park in a battle of DAL division rivals. The heavily favored Ugly Eagles Women’s Varsity and JV teams dominated the Falcons early, leaving only the Men’s result in question.
Determined to avenge last year’s narrow loss to College Park, the Uglies brought a focus and intensity from the very first race. With a shuffled lineup that exploited CP weaknesses, and boosted by huge support from the CV women and parents, the Eagles went race for race with College Park, keeping the score within two points through the 500 Freestyle.
The turning point came in the 200 Freestyle Relay. College Park’s relay was stacked with their top four swimmers and took a body length lead at the halfway point. Clayton’s third swimmer, sophomore John Parker, closed the gap, pulling almost even with CP, by posting a split of 22.34 seconds. That led to a dramatic show down between the final two swimmers. Clayton Valley’s team captain, Cal Brown, pulled even at the turn, and the pool deck erupted as he struck the final wall first with a 22.48 second split. Not far behind was Claytons’ “B” relay, which secured the third place points, and pushed the Eagles out front by 10 points with three races to go.
College Park gave one last effort to catch CV by winning the Backstroke and closing the gap to 6 points. However, it seems their spirit was clearly broken, and it would not be their day or year. Clayton swept the Breaststroke event, led by Sophomore Vincent York’s winning time of 1:06.83. The final event, the 400 Freestyle Relay, was more of a victory celebration for Clayton than a contest between the schools. CV “A” relay took the lead from the start with Junior Ian McIntyre’s opening 53.12 split, and easily claimed first place when another team captain, Jimmy Costello, emphatically slammed the door on College Park with a final relay leg time of 52.29. The Eagles were already claiming victory as they watched “B” relay anchor, Freshman Damien Donado, reel in the Falcon “A” team as well, making the final score of the meet anything but close.
The victory put Clayton Valley in first place in the Valley Division of the DAL for Varsity Men (2-1, 2-0 DAL), Varsity Women (3-0, 2-0 DAL), and JV Women (2-1, 2-0 DAL). JV Men are tied for second place (1-2, 1-1 DAL).
High Point for the Varsity Men was Cal Brown (10 individual points), who placed first in 100 Fly (56.03) NCS Consideration and second in 200 Free (1:54.08). Vincent York and Damien Donado each added 8 points, featuring York’s Breaststroke victory and Donado’s 50 Free win (23.90).
On the Women’s side, three Eagles scored 12 points winning both of their individual races. Senior Rebekah Reynolds took the Fly (1:02.75) and 500 Free (5:34.34). Sophomore Gianna DuLong claimed the 50 Free (25.34) NCS Consideration and 100 Free (55.66) NCS Consideration. Freshman Sophia Miller had the fastest 200 IM (2:20.40) and Breaststroke (1:10.62) NCS Consideration. Clayton valley also had four relays outpace all of College Park. The 200 Medley “A” relay of Caitlin Biles, Sophia Miller, Rebekah Reynolds, and Gianna DuLong (1:55.97) NCS Consideration took first, while the “B” relay of Lexie Solari, Sarafina Celentano, Erica DuLong, and Margaret York (1:56.65) finished right behind to complete the sweep. In the 200 Freestyle Relay, the team of Caela Heatherton, Kaylie Walker, Paige Landstrom, and Gianna DuLong (1:46.11) NCS Consideration finished fastest. Finally, the 400 Freestyle relay victory belonged to the team of Caitlin Biles, Julia Deely, Rebekah Reynolds, and Paige Landstrom (3:55.83) NCS Consideration.
The three Junior Varsity High Point scorers for Clayton were Sophomore Jordan Frost who won both 100 IM (1:11.75) and 100 Breaststroke (1:23.81), Freshman Isabella Castaneda who won both 500 Free (6:27.57) and 100 Back (1:14.48), and Sophomore Jacob Reyes who won 50 Fly (30.92) and finished second in 100 Back (1:17.39).
Men’s Varsity CP 71 – CV 98
Men’s JV CP 86 – CV 76
Women’s Varsity CP 45 – CV 125
Women’s JV CP 44 – CV 125